Saturday, September 22, 2012

If I am not fee to slander, satirize, and malign the Prophet Mohammed, then I do not have free speech

New Jersey Muslim cleric Mohammad Qatanani has apparently* made the argument that the First Amendment should stop short of permitting speech critical of the Prophet Mohammed or Islam in general.  His angle--national security: 

According to Mohammad Qatanani, Imam of one of the largest mosques in New Jersey, free speech that is critical of Islam poses a national security threat and "should be investigated by the Department of Homeland Security," The Blaze reported Thursday.
“We, as Americans, have to put limits and borders [on] freedom of speech,” he told The Blaze.
"He explained that while Americans may 'have the freedom' to speak their mind, ultimately, they 'have no right to [talk about Muslim] holy issues' as it will incite 'hatred or war among people,'” Tiffany Gabbay wrote.
This is really simple:  religion does not have any privileged exemption from free speech in a free society.  If we can have "Piss Christ" (and that was not only constitutionally guaranteed, but government funded), then we can have "Shit Mohammed."

*I use "apparently" here because anything first reported in (and to which all subsequent reports are derivative of) The Blaze are, quite frankly, suspect until confirmed.

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